On a brisk spring morning at Belmont Park April 25, El Kabeir put in his final breeze for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and it was unexpectedly eventful.
Belmont Park opens its 59-day spring/summer meet April 29, the highlight of which is the 147th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the final jewel in America's Triple Crown series.
A pair of $100,000 New York Stallion Stakes will be offered at Aqueduct Racetrack April 26.
Penn National Gaming Inc. reported strong financial numbers for the first three months of 2015 that it attributed to improving regional gaming trends and contributions from new racino properties in Ohio.
The connections of Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Condo Commando passed on a trip to last year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park and have a fresh, strong contender at Churchill Downs.
Anthony Bonomo Jr. pledged "to work to make New York racing the best it can be," saying that he would bring together owners, trainers, and racing executives "for the good of the sport."
Wicked Strong, winner of last year's TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) and Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), tries to get back on a winning track April 25 as he takes on seven opponents in the $200,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III).
King, who proposed and oversaw the installation of Aqueduct's inner track, began as NYRA track superintendent in 1970. He was involved in the construction of racing surfaces at seven other major tracks.
Jorge Luis Batlle IbaÃƒÆ'Ã†'Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â±ez, Louis Romanet, and Frank Stronach are the latest speakers who will address the international racing conference being held June 3-6 in New York City.
A West Virginia Racing Commission purse analysis based on revenue projections from all sources indicates the state and its racetracks have serious issues to address regarding live racing dates in the future.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
A consortium of racing organizations has announced a Derby Day fund-raising campaign to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund will be held May 2 at tracks and racing venues across the U.S.
Bloom Racing Stable announced Monday, April 20 the hiring of Rich Cristiano as director of racing. Cristiano previously worked at West Point Thoroughbreds and Sovereign Stable.
Mid-Atlantic-based trainer King Leatherbury, late jockey Chris Antley, top California handicap horse Lava Man, and splendid female sprinter Xtra Heat have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame for 2015.
Robert Manfuso's homebred Taketheodds, with Mike Smith aboard, ran down front-running Flattering Bea at the wire to capture the $150,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races April 18.
Multiple grade I winner Shared Belief failed to finish April 18 in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), eased by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith as Southern Stables' Moreno took the 1 1/8-mile test at Charles Town.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad returned to the races and to her winning ways April 18, galloping by 5 1/4 lengths over three rivals in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct.
Eight foes will line up to take a shot at Shared Belief, arguably the top older horse in North America, in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Two rugged West Virginia-breds, each of whom has won 23 times at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, will square off again to spice up the undercard for the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II) program.
New England horsemen have asked Suffolk Downs to request three days of live racing this summer, and with $1.5 million available for purses, pots would average $500,000 per program.
Shared Belief, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in his last start, turned in his final workout April 14 in preparation for the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18.
Tom Durkin, one of Thoroughbred racing's great race callers, will conduct a one-day workshop on how to call a horse race on Sunday, June 7, at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y.
West Point Thoroughbreds, which operates Thoroughbred racing partnerships, has hired Joseph Migliore as a sales associate based at WPT headquarters in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Colio Estate Winery have announced a three-year partnership which includes the southern Ontario winemaker offering a red carpet experience for the Queen's Plate.
America's Best Racing has released episode 2 of the four-part series of digital video ads titled "The Road Less Traveled: The Road to the Triple Crown".
The only graded stakes winner in the field, Joseph Shields Jr.'s House Rules showed her class with a sustained outside rally and was up late to win the $200,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. III) April 11 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has been approved to shave 27 racing programs from its 2015 schedule.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Racing, Breeding, International, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Midwest Region
Ten horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame this year, with half coming on the Thoroughbred side. The Thoroughbred inductees are Mine That Bird, Bob Anderson, Jim Bannon, Stewart Elliott, and Roger Laurin.
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Dayatthespa, winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), was named 2014 New York-bred Horse of the Year April 6 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She also was named state-bred champion turf female and older female.
Frosted's two-length Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 4 win put him among top contenders for the Kentucky Derby.
Godolphin Racing's Frosted punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands with a clear victory in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Condo Commando, the 3-5 favorite, was an easy winner of the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) April 4 at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old filly covered the nine furlongs in 1:52.17.
Vincent Scuderi's homebred Dads Caps overtook longshot Green Gratto in midstretch and went on to post his second consecutive victory in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 4.
Robert LaPenta's March first held off a furious late run from Lord Nelson before surviving a stewards' inquiry to take the $300,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) by half a length at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 4.
The New York Racing Association has officially re-launched its NYRA.com website.
Groups seeking to block a Finger Lakes-area casino in upstate New York have been formally joined by a politically powerful and financially deep-pocketed ally: the Oneida Indian Nation.
New York lawmakers have given final approval to an expansion of video lottery terminal games at six of the state's nine racetrack-based casinos.
The Big Beast, a ginormous long-striding runner with a penchant for peppermints, will return to the big leagues April 4 in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Multiple graded stakes winner Condo Commando will be the one to beat in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin believes he's corrected several of the colt's issues and is expecting a big effort April 4 in the 1 1/8-mile race, Frosted's last chance to make the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Fresh off an upset win over the highly touted Daredevil in last month's Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, Ready for Rye enters the Bay Shore having won two of his four starts.
Grade II winner Williamstown, a 25-year-old son of Seattle Slew, has died, according to a release from Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Ky.
The board of the New York Racing Association has tapped Anthony Bonomo as the new NYRA chairman.
As more jurisdictions continue to implement the multiple medication violation penalty system as part of the National Uniform Medication Program, officials March 31 said it's beginning to show it can be a useful tool.
Suffolk Downs, which announced in September it would no longer offer live racing and would not apply for a 2015 racing license, is expected to reverse course and apply for dates within two to three weeks.
Roberta "Bobbie" Croll, 94, wife of Hall of Fame trainer Warren A. "Jimmy" Croll Jr., died March 21 after a brief illness.
Todd Pletcher-trained Withers (gr. III) winner will undergo surgery for left hind condylar fracture sustained in March 28 workout at Palm Beach Downs.
"Since he ran at Churchill, he really started to change... it's amazing how this horse has kept going forward, while braving the brutal winter we had," Tonja Terranova said of Wood Memorial contender El Kabeir.
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium hopes to have a recommended testing threshold level by late April for a naturally occurring amino acid that has a calming effect on racehorses.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program, on its 2015 list of points of emphasis, is encouraging the horse racing industry to develop regulations to deal with the issue of program trainers.
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